Pohnpei Sailing Club December update

The sailboat club has released a tentative calendar for December 2012 into February 2013. 
Date Time Coach Theme
01 Dec 1300 – 1600 Umezu, Kazuo Sailing exercise
08 Dec 1000 – 1200 Umezu, Kazuo Sailing exercise monthly race 5 races
08 Dec 1300 – 1500 South Park Christmas Party. $15 adult. Juniors free.
15 Dec No sailing
22 Dec No sailing
29 Dec No sailing
05 Jan No sailing
12 Jan 1200 – 1600 Umezu, Kazuo New Year’s Cup
19 Jan 1200 – 1600 Umezu, Kazuo New Year’s Cup
26 Jan 1300 – 1600 Umezu, Kazuo Sailing exercise
02 Feb 1300 – 1600 Umezu, Ichihara Sailing exercise
09 Feb No sailing
16 Feb 1300 – 1600 Umezu, Ichihara Sailing exercise
23 Feb 1300 – 1600 Umezu, Ichihara Monthly race 4 races

After a November hiatus, the Topper sailboats are back on the water. Sailing was delayed as repairs were made to the boats. The pulleys (blocks) that ride on the rope horse at the transom and connect to the mainsheet to the rope horse had been removed. The rope horses had been sliced and the blocks taken. A month of no sailing and the hulls must have appeared to be abandoned.

Cut rope horse on Topper sailboat
Coach Kazuo worked on a fix looping the mainsheet around the rope horse.
Repairing the cut rope horse on the Pohnpei Topper sailboats
After repairing the boats the crews sailed out and around a mangrove island up towards Danpei.
Topper sailboats on Sokehs lagoon
The lack of a block on the rope horse would generate problems on the second trip up to the mangrove island. Three Toppers would capsize, which is not a problem for the experienced young watermen and waterwomen of the club. The complication was that a boom gave way and one Topper had to be towed home. The Toppers have seen some hard use and a lack of readily available parts to maintain the fleet remains an issue.
Skipper and assistant on the water
Bringing the Topper back into dock after having been the only boat that did not capsize rounding the mangove island, his assistant as dry as she was when she left the dock.
Skipper brings the crew home dry
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